Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 27, 2014 Word of the Week

The word of the week is "sea".

Shell (Dragon Hatchling) by Yeldarb

Shell by Michael Brady

My painting this week is of a pysanka, a Ukrainian Easter egg. Acrylic on 6x8 canvas panel.

Shell by Ray Richardson

Not realizing the word of the week fell on Easter Sunday I decided to venture out of the norm and got a Shell hopefully no one else considered. The Shell station sign in Hunter's Creek near my home.

"Shell" by Christian Slade

My six year old twins enjoy some Plastic egg candy this Easter Sunday. What was left was a pile of shells to clean up. Now let's see what those other three stooges came up with....

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Artist on Tap"-4/20/14

There is an immensely talented artist who is sometimes known as the Grandmaster of Fantastic Art. People react to his images on a visceral, emotional level. His art vibrates with tension and movement, and even his still figures seem ready to spring to life.  He creates images of the fantastic but they are always grounded in realism. He was a modern-day classical artist working in an era when artists of this sort could no longer be found. There is nobody quite like him, though he's probably the most influential artist of the past half-century.

His name is Frank Frazetta. I've learned more from this amazing artist than any other single creative person I can think of, and every time I gaze at one of his images, I realize that there is more for me to learn. With this understanding comes the old excitement and desire to improve and to produce art of my own. Frazetta's subject matter, his dynamism, his anatomy, and realism make his art a treat for the eyes. He, like few others, can make the viewer feel drawn into another world with but a glimpse of his art. A lush and primal world of great beauty and savagery which seems as real as the world outside one's window.

This selection of art shows Frazetta's talent with oil painting, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil. His skill is incredible. But most amazing of all, he never used reference. He didn't need it. You may see more at

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hot by Christian Slade

Sprout, the fire-breathing hero from my graphic novel series, KORGI, published by Top Shelf Productions.

Hot by Michael Brady

Muy caliente

"Artist on Tap"-4/13/14

I've given some thought to which artist I should highlight here this week. My final decision is a Fine Artist/Instructor whom I've discovered fairly recently while searching for Plein air artists. Mr. David Shevlino. I've found myself studying his technique and adopting it to fit my own style of painting. His work stands out from others in my opinion for it's simplicity and raw essence of what most paintings are or should be. You can find more of his beautiful creations at or I've also included one of his youtube videos here to give you all a teaser of what you can find on his sight and blog.
David Shevlino's work

Hot by Ray Richardson

5x4 Inches, Acrylic on artboard. Nothing like a very "Hot" cup of Coffee .

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 13, 2014 Word of the Week

Looks like it will be getting a little toasty around here. The next word of the week is "hot". See you Sunday April 13th!